Knowbury is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Shropshire, created in 1844 from Bitterley with Middleton Ancient Parish and Caynham Ancient Parish.

Parish church: St. Paul

Parish registers begin: 1840

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Knowbury

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KNOWBURY, a village in Cainham parish, and a chapelry partly also in Bitterley parish, Salop. The village stands 4 miles E of Ludlow r. station, and has a post office under Ludlow. The chapelry was constituted in 1840. Pop. in 1861, 655. Houses, 142. Pop. of the Cainham portion, 387. Houses, 82. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Hereford. Value, £100. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is modern.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Knowbury Cassey Shropshire Directory 1875

Knowbury is an ecclesiastical parish and village, about 6 miles from Ludlow, in the Southern division of the county, Overs hundred, Ludlow union, and diocese of Hereford.  The church of St. Paul is a small stone structure, with square tower.  The living is a vicarage, annual value £90 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Worcester.  Knowbury is situated on the Clee Hills, celebrated for the hard rock or dark basalt, called Dhu stone, a vast quantity of which is brought down by a branch line of railway to Ludlow, and from thence by rail to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Stockport, Leamington, and Stafford; it is used extensively, especially in London, for the paving and repairing of the roads and streets.  The trustees of the late Hon. R. Windsor Clive (lords of the manor) and A. R. Boughton Knight, Esq., of Downton Castle, are the principal landowners.  The population of the new parish is 750.

Letters from Ludlow, arrive at 9 30 a.m.; dispatched at 3 30 p.m.

The Clive School, Robert Taylor, master; Mrs R. Taylor, mistress.

James Rev. John Burleigh, M.A.

Bate William, Three Crosses inn

Berrington John, farmer, Shop farm

Bowie Martha, The Crown inn

Clent Thomas, farmer, Heath farm

Glover Richard, potter, Clee hill

Clee Hill Dhu Stone Company, Thomas Roberts, manager

Knowbury Brick and Tile Company, John Millward, manager

Meyrick Richard, Royal Oak inn

Morris Thomas, farmer, Bennett’s End farm

Pearson J. and W. colliery proprietors

Taylor Robert, registrar of births and deaths

Source: Edward Cassey & Co.’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Shropshire. Printed Shrewsbury 1875.


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Ludlow
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Ludlow
  • Poor Law Union: Ludlow
  • Hundred: Overs; Munslow
  • Province: Canterbury

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